All year long, we rigorously test tools and equipment to help you cook better, whether it's an outdoor wok burner for serious wok hei, a stainless steel skillet for perfect pan-roasted meats, a pizza oven for wood-fired temperature pies, or an air fryer for crispy, crunchy weeknight cooking.
Of course, there's another side to this, and that's you. Knowing what you add to your cart tells us what you're into, helping us decide what to review next. Below you'll find the 10 most popular Serious Eats–recommended tools, the ones our readers (you!) shop for again and again.
The Best Instant-Read Thermometer
ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
There are a lot of reasons for keeping an instant-read thermometer in the kitchen, including reducing is-this-food-cooked paranoia and ensuring your meat is done to actual perfection (and a safe temperature!). When it comes to speed and precision, the Thermapen ONE trumps all others (you can find out more in our full review of instant-read thermometers). It's the one we reach for when we're testing recipes and the one we get super-excited about when it's on sale. It's no surprise the Thermapen is also one of the most-shopped-for tools, consistently.
The Best Flat-Bottomed, Carbon Steel Wok
Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
We reviewed flat-bottomed woks last year and came away highly recommending this model from Yosukata. It’s heat-responsive and easy to season and has a helper handle and a main, wooden handle that stays cool to the touch.
The Best Coffee Grinder for Most People
OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
We have several top coffee grinder picks in our review, but you folks seem to really love this model from OXO. Why? Well, it’s our top pick for most home brewers, and it’s reliable, undeniably simple to operate, and under $100. So many great things!
The Best Instant Pot
Instant Pot Pro 8-Quart 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker
This year, y’all have been buying a lot of Instant Pots. Which makes sense, since there’s a ton to make with them. Our favorite Instant Pot is the Instant Pot Pro. It’s an excellent electric pressure cooker and has helpful usability features, like handles on its cooking pot that keep it from swirling around in the base and a pressure release switch.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
The Best Waffle Maker
Cuisinart WAF-F4 Double Flip Belgian Waffle Maker
Our favorite waffle maker from Cuisinart is a perennial favorite. It heats up fast, cooks quickly, and produces waffles with crisp outsides and fluffy insides. Plus, it makes two large waffles at a time and is very reasonably priced, at about $120.
The Most Powerful Vitamix Blender
Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
The Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender has been our recommendation for many years, ever since Kenji first reviewed it. It has a tapered blending jar that uber effectively blends, purees, and pulverizes. Plus, it’s simple to operate with just a speed dial and a couple of switches.
The Best Sous Vide Machine (Immersion Circulator)
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Our readers are sous vide stans. And our two favorite sous vide machines—from Breville and Anova—are always top-sellers. The Breville has a phenomenal app and streamlined, easy-to-operate design, while the Anova has both an onboard display and a WiFi-compatible app. They’re both great! They’re both worth it! (Note: the Breville is currently out of stock everywhere, so we linked to just the Anova above.)
The Very Best Vacuum Sealers
Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer
Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro
With all that sous vide love, it’s no surprise y’all also want vacuum sealers. Helpful for sous vide as well as food preservation, our favorite vacuum sealers include models from Nesco and Anova. Both are capable of sealing a variety of foods easily, and their seals hold up well to sous vide cooking and long freezer times.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
The Best Air Fryer
Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer
We like air fryers—we do! And so do you. Our favorite air fryer, from Instant, has a helpful dial for adjusting the time and temperature and cooked the fastest and most deeply of all the models we tested. There are a lot of other things to recommend about it, which you can read about in our full review. And no: air fryers aren’t the same as standard, convection ovens.
The Best Overall Espresso Machine
Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine
Our favorite espresso machine from Breville has a sleek, streamlined design that makes excellent coffee with very little effort on the user’s part. And while $500 may seem pricey, it’s not that bad for an espresso machine (many cost thousands). And clearly our readers feel the same way.
What are the best kitchen tools for beginners?
We have a guide here for the essential tools we think cooks should have, and it's all beginner-friendly stuff. For example, it includes a cutting board, chef’s knife, cast iron skillet, and a Dutch oven.
What essential cookware do I need?
We have a guide to essential cookware that can be found here. Our picks include a cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, wok, saucier, nonstick skillet, and more.